Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson thinks Manchester United cannot keep getting away with bad performances - and that Tottenham will frustrate them at Old Trafford this Sunday.
Louis van Gaal's side crashed out of the FA Cup on Monday night after a home defeat to Arsenal, meaning the Dutchman will not be bringing any silverware to Manchester in his debut season in charge.
Van Gaal's future is once again being called into question after the defeat, with some believing he will be relieved of his duties in the summer should the club not achieve fourth place in the Premier League.
Merson: United will not beat Spurs
And former Gunners and Aston Villa midfielder Merson thinks the 20-time champions will be in serious trouble if they lose again this weekend. Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: "I think Tottenham could win this but I’m going to go for a 2-2 draw.
"I say that because Manchester United can’t keep doing what they’re doing, surely? Will Tottenham go there with the confidence of opening up? For how poor they’ve been, it’s still Man Utd, so they need to be careful.
“If Man Utd lose this match, then they can say goodbye to their top-four chances. They’ve have got some tough games to come."
Merson: Harry Kane will cause United havoc
Merson also went on to criticise Van Gaal before praising England U21 striker Kane, who has 16 league goals this season, helping him win back-to-back Premier League Player of the Month awards.
"Louis van Gaal doesn’t know his best eleven yet and Man Utd don’t know who their best manager is," Merson added. “I don’t think they can say confidently ‘he’s the man’ – not after what I’ve been watching the last seven months. Harry Kane will cause them havoc.”
Tight game expected
United go into the game three points and two places clear of Tottenham in fourth place. Prior to the Arsenal defeat, the Red Devils had only lost twice in their last 22 matches.
The last time they lost at Old Trafford was a 0-1 defeat to Southampton on January 11.
Tottenham meanwhile have responded well from being eliminated from two cup competitions in the space of four days. After a 3-1 aggregate defeat to Fiorentina in the last-16 of the Europa League on February 26, they lost the Capital One Cup final 2-0 to London rivals Chelsea on March 1.
However, victories at home to Swansea and away at QPR have put the wind back in their sails and manager Mauricio Pochettino will be aware of the unease surrounding United at the moment.
Victory would see them move level with their hosts, with Southampton, Manchester City and Stoke the only teams currently in the top ten the north Londoners have to face before the end of the season.
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